Bering Sea Gold: 10 Pounds of Gold 03.06
The miners are nearing their breaking points for the season – five weeks in, it’s now or never to get on the gold and meet their season goals.
The Christine Rose has been on a paystreak for three days straight. Shawn and Cody transport the gold from their previous days’ work to shore for a cleanout, while the dayshift keeps operations going. When they return to the Christine Rose, Shawn is happy to find the sluice box filled with ripples of gold. After clearing 50 cubic yards of paydirt, Shawn takes over backhoe operations and repositions the mega dredge on new ground. He tells Cody that he’s not going to bother with a test pan, but when the first bucket of material shimmers with gold from 20 feet away, he can’t help but take a closer look. Up close, the bucket reveals large pickers and layers of gold all over the clay. Shawn and Cody perform another cleanout later that day and receive a huge payday, making a usually grumpy Steve very happy.
Shawn: “I actually made dad smile?”
Gold Total: 73 oz (cleanout 1), 152 oz (cleanout 2)
Scott returns to ask Hank for his job back. He grovels and promises to be a better employee. Hank agrees, making it clear that Scott must show up on time and do his job the way he tells him to do it.
Scott: “Anything I may have said as far as ‘I’m sorry’ or ‘I’ll try to show up on time,’ I didn’t mean a fuckin’ word.”
Back on the Bering Sea, Hank is still out of his league with his mining operation. He is sticking with the tactic of copying the Christine Rose’s every move. After an 8-hour shift and on what he believes is a paystreak, Hank hires a night shift operator to run the excavator while he sleeps. Without a skiff to easily get to and from harbor, and not wanting to waste time docking, Hank maneuvers the Au Grabber close to shore to bring his new employee aboard…using the arm of his backhoe.
Attempting to reposition the dredge, Hank gets tangled in the anchor line for the buoy marker. The blame falls on Scott (surprise, surprise) after he decided his shift was over and refused to retrieve the anchor buoy.
Gold Total: 0 oz (no cleanout)
Risk-averse Vernon decides to go for the sure thing, piloting his crew out to the old wrecks in search of gold. He’s overextended, going bankrupt, and he’s heading toward his breaking point. He sends veteran diver Kevin Jupina down on a nice patch of cobble where, almost immediately, he finds some large pickers and claims to be on a good pocket of gold. Unfortunately, Murphy’s Law takes over, and the engine that feeds oxygen to Kevin shuts off, causing him to resurface after a short dive. Despite the short day, money-strapped Vernon demands a cleanout. His crew complains that it isn’t worth their time and that they should get back out on the water to put more gold in the box. After another weak payday, Tony Mann resorts to picking up cans around town but is informed that no one buys aluminum in Nome.
Gold Total: 1.67 oz
Steve hires Glen LeBaron to dive for the Minnow to jump start their slow season. Kris is less than enthusiastic about working with Glen, and Glen isn’t too keen about working for anybody. He shares his opinions about the shortfalls of the Minnow’s operation, stating that he’s only doing this to get enough money to rebuild his submersible dredge.
Kris: “I don’t know where he got this idea that he’s a super-dredger, because he’s a super punk most of the time.”
*flips Glen off behind his back*
Within minutes of hitting the seafloor, Glen finds a hotspot of chunky gold.
Glen: “I’m like underwater superman.”
Gold total: 1 oz
Steve Pomrenke: “There ain’t no 75 ounces in there…god almighty, and I bet your penis is 12 foot long and 8 inches in diameter too!”
Kris Kelly: “Sometimes the glass is half empty, sometimes the glass is half full…but either way, a half a glass of gold is a shit load of gold!”
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